FORT WORTH, Texas — If you commit a low-level crime, you may not have to do the time -- at least in one Texas city.
The Fort Worth Police Department will stop arresting people for low-level crimes if a ticket can be issued in its place, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The move comes as police departments are coming to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, and officials want to shield officers from becoming infected or spreading the COVID-19, the newspaper reported.
According to the Star-Telegram, police officers in Fort Worth will not be allowed to make a Class C misdemeanor arrest without approval from a watch commander. Class C misdemeanors include crimes such as thefts less than $100 and vandalism.
Citizens will be encouraged to make reports online or by telephone if possible, the Star-Telegram reported.
Other policies the department has implemented include halting public fingerprinting until further notice and refusing to accept walk-up requests for accident and offense reports at the records division.